Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For June 15, 2020 The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 87,560 new cases (a 1.11 % increase compared to a 1.82% increase yesterday) to bring the total to 8,066,862 cases, 3,454,299 of which are active, 4,612,563 of which have been closed with 4,175,267 recoveries (90.52% compared to yesterday’s 90.4%) and 437,296 deaths (9.48 % compared to yesterday’s 9.6%); in the U.S. which has the dubious distinction of leading the world in total cases and being hit with the bookends of reopening its economy and massive protests over the death of George Floyd and Rayshard Brooks with new cases of 13,291 have brought total cases to 2,174,689 (a .61% increase compared to yesterday’s 1.12% increase) with 1,181,378 active cases of which 16,675 (16,729 yesterday) are in serious or critical condition and 993,311 closures, 118,122 of which have been deaths (11.89% compared to yesterday’s 12.05%) and 875,189 of which have been recoveries (88.11% compared to yesterday’s 87.95%) (our death rate percentages continue to improve since Cuomo repealed his order sending CV positive patients on May 10 but remain higher than the world probably due to idiots like Cuomo sending positive CV patients into nursing homes to infect the residents and staff who then die and hopefully the number of cases will not spike given the days of massive protests and riots over George Floyd’s and Rayshard Brooks’ deaths) with 25,259,077 tests; mayors are looking to police to work 12 hours shifts with no time off one hand on the other calling for defunding (watch police take early retirement or resign in droves); Bolton’s scathing memoirs on his time with the Trump Administration is scheduled to be published on June 23 which the Trump Administration is getting ready to file suit to block (blocking Bolton’s right to exercise his 1st Amendment rights is not a hill Trump should be trying to take instead of focusing efforts to portray him a disgruntled career bureaucrat outraged that his views were not accepted); another victim of the CV pandemic 24 Hour Fitness has just announced it is filing for Chapter XI Bankruptcy and closing 130 of its 430 outlets (another fitness chain Gold’s Gym has already filed); in Florida the bodies of 2 missing women who had been missing after attending Floyd death protest rally have been found and a black suspect has been arrested; Howard Stern is in the PC doghouse after a 1993 sketch of him in blackface and using the N* word has surfaced; Hidin Biden who slammed Trump for calling some of the people opposed to dismantling of statues of Confederate Generals as “ very fine people” when in 1993 on the Senate floor in defense of the United Daughters of the Confederacy design patent renewal application called “fine people” despite allegations of connections to the Klu Klux Klan; SCOTUS has just ruled 6-3 in favor of gay and transgender plaintiffs that under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act banning discrimination based on sex; the bloom is off the City of Roses, Portland, as protestors tore down a statue of Thomas Jefferson in front of Jefferson High School in Portland (first the Civil War statues, then Columbus, now Jefferson from the idiocy of culture destruction who is next?-Washington because he was a slave owner or Jackson for his leading troops against American Indians or Truman for dropping the A-bombs on Japan and killing thousands of civilians); Trump will announce his executive order on police reform tomorrow; in Chicago (the Blue run poster city of why we need more police not less and certainly not defunded), as of June 14, 2020, 1393 shootings of whom 250 have died (so much for the effectiveness of Chicago’s stay at home order); Baltimore with a fraction of Chicago’s population and hoping against all hopes that 2020 will not be a record in terms of deaths but now seems to be shooting less and killing less and is now 104 behind Chicago with 146 murders (when will Chicago and Baltimore get serious about this carnage or is this the case of true racism as a Blue run city turns a deaf ear and a blind eye to the slaughter of people of color by people of color and when will the left focus on the problem of color on color shootings in Blue run cities which have been more deadly and more numerous than random mass shootings?).
As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, factoids of interest for this day in history, a musical link to Kitty Kallen, the fact that you to keep mentally alert you occasionally create pangrams, and a quote by Thomas A. Edison on wind power, secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like Father’s Day, college graduations, birthdays, weddings, or anniversaries, you know that the Alaskanpoet can provide you with a unique customized poem at a great price tailored to the event and the recipient. You need only contact me for details.
1. World Wind Day-—created by the European Wind Energy Association and the Global Wind Energy Council in 2007 to promote wind energy to create electricity.
2. National Lobster Day—celebrating that great crustacean that early on was known as the “cockroach of the deep” and not the epicurean delight it is today and prized by diners everywhere who are not allergic to shellfish.
3. 1954 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1954 on this day on a run of 9 weeks “Little Things Mean a Lot” by Kitty Kallen. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2C7SzKv2uLU. This popular singer voted as such in 1954 lost her voice while performing at the London Palladium and withdrew from singing for 4 years before coming back initially under an assumed name to successfully come back to record 13 songs that made the top ten list. She died at 94 on January 7, 2016.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “pangram” which means a sentence that contains all the letters of the alphabet—e.g. “Pack my box with five dozen liquor jugs.”
5. Take My Seat--celebrating the birth on this day in 1937 of noted guitarist and singer Waylon Jennings who had the great fortune to give up his seat to the Big Bopper who was suffering from the flu on the ill fated flight on February 3, 1959 that crashed and killed Buddy Holly, Ritchie Vallens, the Big Bopper and the pilot but the misfortune to battle alcohol and cocaine addiction and a six pack a day cigarette habit which he finally quit in 1988 4 years after quitting cocaine; but ravaged by diabetes he died in his sleep from diabetic complications on February 13, 2002.
On this day in:
a. 1667 in a move that will ultimately prove to be a life saver for millions in the future, Dr. Jean-Batiste Denys performed the first human to human blood transfusion.
b. 1864 in Arlington, Virginia, 200 acres of land owned by Confederate General Robert E. Lee became Arlington National Cemetery.
c. 1916 President Woodrow Wilson signed a bill incorporating the Boy Scouts of America which sadly in recent years has been hit with countless law suits alleging sexual abuse of Scouts resulting in the organization being forced to file for bankruptcy on February 18, 2020.
d. 1970 the purveyor of Helter Skelter Charles Manson went on trial for the Tate-La Bianca murders that had terrorized Los Angeles; he was convicted, sentenced to death only to have his death sentence converted to life when the death penalty was outlawed in California to spend the rest of his life in prison trying every 5 years to be paroled.
e. 1978 Jordan King Hussein aped Prince Rainier III of Monaco married American Lisa Halliday who become known as Queen Noor.
Reflections on wind power: “We are like tenant farmers chopping down the fence around our house for fuel when we should be using Nature's inexhaustible sources of energy - sun, wind and tide. ... I'd put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don't have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that.” Thomas A. Edison Astute observation but probably backed by the thousands of birds each year that are chopped out of the sky by wind turbines.
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